Changes to Seattle Shambhala Events Due to COVID-19 Update 3/24/2020:

During this unsettling time, we are creating community and sanity online with meditation instruction, group practice, facilitated dharma conversations, and class offerings. This will be our ongoing format until we receive word from local, state, and federal public health officials that it is safe to convene at the Center.

Follow these quick links for more information and to join us:

Contentment in Everyday Life – a 5-part series – Monday evenings starting March 30 – Open to all – Pay what you can

Sunday Morning Open House – Open to all – Meditation instruction available

Thursday Evening Open House – Open to all – Meditation instruction available

Heart of Recovery – Every Wednesday evening

BIPOC Meditation Group – First Sunday afternoon of the month

Please regularly check the Seattle Shambhala Center website, the monthly calendar, and this update page for programming announcements as the situation develops.

We invite you to explore additional online programming that currently exists, such as Shambhala online and Ocean: The Vast Teachings of Chögyam Trumpa Rinpoche who offer both classes and online practice sessions.

Finally, help us to continue online offerings and offset the costs of closure by donating today.

Spark your heart and mind through meditation

The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a vibrant community with a warm approach to the study and practice of meditation.  We provide instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation for beginners and for experienced practitioners, a diverse variety of evening and weekend programs and group meditation sessions.  For a listing of all sittings, programs and events check out the monthly calendar. We offer tools to help discover greater compassion, confidence, wisdom and joy in our day-to-day life.The Shambhala teachings offer a way to extend our personal transformation for the benefit of society as a whole.  We discover the wisdom, sanity and goodness within our seemingly complex and chaotic minds, and the inherent goodness in the world around us.Our Center is located in the Madison valley neighborhood of Seattle.  We also offer programs in Tacoma, and Port Angeles.  For latest community news and events, take a look at our blog.You are warmly invited to join us!

Getting Started:

There are many ways to get acquainted with Shambhala Buddhism and the people at the Seattle Center.  Join us for an Open House with meditation instruction, a dharma talk and social time on Thursday evenings or Sunday mornings. More →



Volunteer

From hosting open houses to helping to staff programs to gardening, there is a range of volunteering options available.  It’s a great way to meet people and support our community, which is majority volunteer run.  We are full of gratitude for our many volunteers!  For more information on our current volunteer needs Click here →



What is Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.

Pema Chodron

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth teachings. She is an ordained nun and acclaimed author. More →



Membership

The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a member supported organization. Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. Learn more about getting involved.

 



Resources for Helping Our Sangha Understand Current Events in Shambhala

This is a resource for our community and friends to understand the current situation in Shambhala. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and as new resources become available we will add them to this page. Please check back over the coming months as matters proceed. We do this with broken hearts as we hold our sangha in kindness. More →

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